Malt of the Month | June 2019
Written by Colin Nicholson under Whisky 4th Jun 2019
Kilchoman STR Cask Matured Limited Edition £89.50
It’s no secret that I follow releases from this most modern thinking of distilleries KIlchoman. Since 2005 they have made waves from their quiet corner of Islay in the whisky world with some incredible offerings. Their latest limited edition is the ‘STR’ meaning Shaving, Toasting and Re-Charring. 43 casks were filled in 2012 and bottled at 50% abv. This is a pretty small amount and there are only 15,000 bottles available worldwide.
Utilising old red wine casks to mature the STR, they first remove the ends to expose the inner layer. This inner layer of cask is then shaved to expose the wood which is lightly toasted using oak chips to caramelise the oak and release vanilla flavours. Finally, it is re-charred to maximise extraction. Pop the ends back on and bingo you have a re-vitalised barrel! The whisky has taken on big bold flavours. Peated to 50ppm it is bold, smoky, rich and vibrant.
We have a small allocation and when it’s gone it’s gone. So, pop along to one of our shops to secure your bottle.